Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival partnered with Home Made Theater, the Saratoga Springs Community Theater, to present “New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656,” for a limited-run production this summer. “New Jerusalem” is about the real-life Dutch Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza.
That play production will now be live-streamed, as a pay for view and be available on demand for 24 hours beginning on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.
“New Jerusalem” is based on actual events that occurred at Talmud Torah Congregation of Amsterdam on July 27, 1656. A Portuguese Jew living in Amsterdam, Spinoza’s allegedly atheist beliefs not only shocked the Jewish community, but also jeopardized its comfortable relationship with the surrounding Dutch society.
The play, according to a L.A. Theatre Works write-up, “follows Spinoza as he faces excommunication from the Jewish community for his provocative, subversive new ideas. Often called the ‘absolute philosopher’ of the 17th century, Spinoza was a passionate advocate of rationalism, the idea that [one’s] intellect is superior to [one’s] senses.
Written by playwright David Ives, the show won the 2008 Hull-Warriner Award from the Dramatists Guild of America, an award that is unique in that it is conferred on playwrights by other playwrights.
Directed by Dianne O’Neill, Home Made Theater’s seven-member cast featured Saratoga Springs’ Jonathan Hefter as Spinoza. Rounding out the cast are Max Beyer of Albany, Devra Cohen-Tigor, and ‘ Christina DiCarlo of Saratoga Springs, Troy’s George Filieau, Doug Gladstone of Wilton, and Gary Maggio of Albany.
The price for streaming is $23.95. Link information may be obtained at https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/LcKUDhXkrfX9-new-jerusalem-the-interrogation-of-baruch-de-spinoza-at-talmud-torah-congregation-amsterdam-july-27-1656–home-made-theater?channel=watch-now
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